How McManus-Lorey Funeral Home is Handling COVID-19
We understand that the loss of a loved one during this national emergency is difficult. Our staff is taking all measures necessary to keep our guests and ourselves safe and healthy while caring for grieving families.
Directives from the Governor's Office ask that we limit attendees at our facility to the smallest number of direct immediate family members, not to exceede 10. So as to reduce your exposure to the virus and for the sake of our greater community, we will be limiting SERVICES, APPOINTMENTS AND VISITATIONS TO IMMEDIATE FAMILY ONLY. In this difficult time, we thank you for your consideration of the health and safety of your friends and neighbors during your time of grief.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Funeral Home Still Open?
Yes. Our directors are available to you 24 hours a day 7 days a week. We kindly ask that you call ahead and schedule a time to meet with one of our directors to discuss your needs and concerns.
What Should I Do If A Loved One Dies?
Please call us - regardless of the time. Our staff is able to access any hospital or nursing home facility as well as a private residence. We would ask if you please call first instead of ‘walking in’ without an appointment. If your loved has been exposed to Covid-19, please make us aware of it immediately.
Do I Have to Come Into the Funeral Home for an Appointment?
No. Although it would be preferable, we can discuss arrangements with you over the phone, via a video conference or by e-mail.
Can We Still Have Visiting Hours at the Funeral Home?
Yes, we are still scheduling visiting hours at the funeral home. In accordance with the NYS and CDC’s most recent recommendations. We also ask families to be flexible when scheduling their services. We are staggering visitors and services, so as to keep the number of people within the facilities to a minimum.
Visitations are limited. We are not permitted to have more than 33% building capacity. 50 people may come in at a time to pay their respects. There may be periods of waiting outside the building. All visitors must wear masks, must keep 6ft apart while waiting to pay respects. Visitors will enter through one door and exit through another.
For those who are not attending services, consider visiting our obituary page to leave a message for the family, post pictures or view other tributes that may be there.
We are offering the option of live streaming the services of your choice via TribuCast at no additional charge.
Are Churches and Cemeteries Open?
All churches have resumed funeral masses and services. Families are encouraged to schedule Memorial Masses in the future. Some clergy may come to the funeral home and/or cemetery and others will not. All cemeteries are currently open but have various gathering limits.
What If I’m Visiting the Funeral Home?
We are asking visitors to adhere to the following common sense guidelines:
- All visitors MUST wear a mask or face covering when inside the funeral home
- Maintain 'Social Distancing' guidelines
- Clean your hands frequently
- Please refrain from handshakes and hugs
- Cover your coughs and sneezes
- Limit your time at the funeral home to reduce your exposure
- Physical contact should be avoided as much as possible
I have a relative who lives in a restricted state, can they attend services?
NYS Department of Health may issue special travel advisories for those individuals who are traveling to NYS from a restricted state. This advisory allows the Commissioner of Health to grant an exemption to the travel ban due to an extraordinary circumstance -- such as attending a funeral service. The process to seek an exemption is as follows:
- Residents from restricted states seeking to enter New York for a funeral service should email the Department to request an exemption
- Email the Department at TravelAdvisoryExemption@health.ny.gov
- Explaining with as much detail as possible, the reason for the exemption
- The email should include the reason (funeral), dates/duration of stay and location within the state travel will occur.
What Should I Do If I, or My Loved One, has Coronavirus?
If you are not feeling well, please self isolate yourself. Do not come to the funeral home. We can make arrangements by alternate means at your convenience. If your loved one passed away with the Coronavirus, please make us aware of it immediately.